By: Serena Crawford
When the weather gets colder and the days grow shorter the blues start to set in. Your kids may start to become restless while you are trying to teach. You may even feel like giving up until the days grow longer. Winter sicknesses set in and as the weather gets chillier you can end up getting stir-crazy because you can’t go outside for fresh air. Blogger and home-school mother Anne Bogel shares her tips for getting over the winter blues and continue home-schooling without interruptions.
1. Vacations are okay! Take a break every now and then. You are going to drive yourself crazy if you keep plowing along through sicknesses and holiday craziness. It is okay to take some time off just like public school kids do. Focus on spending time with your family. Try getting out to warmer weather for a refreshing break if you can.
2. Switch up your lesson plans a bit. Try giving your kids a fun project that will take up a lot of time to take a break from your normal routine. You can do things such as read a book, go to the library, hit the zoo if it’s not too cold out, or go to a museum. The change of scenery will help to keep your kids on track.
3. Make sure that you are taking care of yourself and your family. If you are all sick you are not going to get much work done. Ensure that you are preventing illness if possible and when someone gets sick nurse them back to health before pushing heavy lessons on them. Exercise can be tough because of how cold it is outside but there are a lot of activities such as having a dance party in the house.
4. Remember that if you are having a tough time getting into the home-school mood you are not the only one. There are many families going through what you are going through. These months are tough for everyone. If you are at a loss as to how to beat the winter blues find someone else going through it too and get advice and tips from them.